Vietnamese-German cooperation brings solar power to An Giang

An inauguration ceremony for a 3 kWp photovoltaic (PV) demonstration system in the An Giang Provincial Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT) building in Long Xuyen city was held on May 10.

The project is within the framework of a partnership between the Mekong Delta’s An Giang province and the German province of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The installation of one of the first rooftop solar PV systems in the province has been completed, with an installed capacity of 3 kWp, and is part of the joint “Energy Transition in Partnership” project of the two provinces.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Doan Minh Triet, Deputy Director General of An Giang’s DoIT, Mr. Rainer Brohm, an International Advisor at GIZ, and representatives from government agencies, local investors, and energy experts.

An Giang and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern initiated the “Energy Transition in Partnership” project in 2017, under the “German Government and Federal State Pilot Programme”, which is financed by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project is being implemented in cooperation with the MoIT/GIZ Energy Support Programme, which has supported Vietnam’s renewable energy sector since 2009.

The demonstration system, with total investment of approximately $15,000 and using German-made equipment and components, was installed by Raach Solar, a German engineering company with an international track record in rooftop solar installations. The projected annually-generated solar electricity of 3,546 kWh will supply power to the DoIT building and be managed by the department’s energy experts. The system will help curb emissions of 2.1 tons of COeach year and thus be an integral part of the province’s strategy to combat climate change and transition to clean energy.

“Exploring and realizing our province’s renewable energy potential is one of our focuses to diversify sources, so we can meet increasing local energy demand and contribute to national climate change mitigation, environmental protection, and GHG emission reductions,” Mr. Triet said at the ceremony. “The DoIT welcomes all stakeholders and citizens to An Giang province to study the model. I hope this will help energy companies, experts, and local investors gain a better understanding of the operation of solar rooftop systems and get ready for upcoming renewable energy projects.”

“GIZ has been coordinating this unique Vietnamese-German project since 2017 and we are happy to see that the demonstration rooftop solar PV system is completed and now been handed over to An Giang’s DoIT,” said Mr. Brohm. “The system includes a screen at the main entrance of the building showing actual power performance and environmental benefits. We hope it helps to raise awareness about solar energy in An Giang and serves as a concrete example for the development of more solar PV rooftop projects in the province in the future.”

Following the inauguration ceremony, the DOIT and GIZ organized a one-day training course on rooftop solar systems installation, operations, and maintenance for the department’s experts, other local energy experts, and project developers.

As part of the project, a delegation of An Giang officials visited Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2017 to intensify contacts with local government and learn about renewable energy facilities and management schemes in northeastern Germany. Experts from An Giang province and the north-central province of Ha Tinh participated in an internship program in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern last September, to work on renewable energy projects in German companies and receive further training. In November, GIZ and An Giang’s DoIT organized workshops and training on renewable energy for 172 participants from provincial and district authorities as well as private investors, service providers, and education institutions.

The An Giang Provincial People’s Committee has approved a Solar Energy Development Plan for the 2020-2030 period with anticipated capital of VND18.3 trillion ($789.5 million). Installed capacity for 2020 is projected at 250MWp, generating 361.4 million kWh per year. The figures will increase to 807MWp and 1,166.7 million kWh between 2020 and 2030.